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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 570J
Category: Agricultural Operations


Assists with the care and management of plant nurseries, greenhouses, and field plots.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions within this class assist higher level personnel with the maintenance of nurseries, orchards, greenhouses and general plant care and are expected to adequately carry out these duties in the absence of direct supervision.

Typical Work

Performs duties involved in the fertilizing, watering, weeding and breeding of plants and related procedures for research projects;

Inspects health and condition of plants and assists with the cultural practices involved in plant care;

Assists with laboratory demonstrations;

Maintains irrigation, fertility, breeding, and other plant records;

Performs related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation or equivalent and two years of work experience in plant research, plant propagation, or related work.

College training in one of the plant sciences may be substituted, year-for-year, for required experience. One year of additional applicable experience may be substituted for educational requirements.

Specified course work or experience within a discipline may be required.

Class Specification History

New Class: 5-17-73
General revision. Revises title (formerly Plant Technician I), class code (formerly 4515), typical work, minimum qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.